LJUBLJANA, July 3 Slovenia has received six
expressions of interest regarding the purchase of its
second-largest bank Nova KBM (NKBM), newspaper Delo said on
Thursday is the deadline for non-binding bids for 100
percent of the state-owned bank, which received a state capital
injection of 870 million euros in December.
Delo said two banks and four investment funds were
interested in NKBM, adding Hungarian bank OTP could be
interested in the purchase.
"Bank OTP constantly seeks opportunities for takeovers,
particularly in countries where it is present already but where
it has a small market stake," OTP told Delo without giving a
direct answer regarding whether it would be interested in buying
OTP, which is not present in Slovenia so far, gave no
immediate comment to Reuters.
State investment firm SDH, which is in charge of the sale,
and advisers Lazard Freres, also gave no immediate comment to
Legal expert Miro Cerar, who is in the best position to
become Slovenia's next prime minister according to opinion
polls, told Reuters on Wednesday that he was in favour of the
sale of NKBM and expected the bank to be sold by the end of the
Slovenia, which narrowly avoided an international bailout in
December, will hold its second snap election in a row on July 13
because the outgoing centre-left Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek
resigned in May after she lost the battle for the leadership of
the Positive Slovenia party.
Slovenia has so far been reluctant to sell its largest banks
so the government still controls most of the sector.
(Reporting by Marja Novak; editing by Jason Neely)